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Published: Saturday, July 13 2013 8:25 p.m. MDT

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ute alumni
paradise, UT

There are still some jurors that won't be bullied. Hats off to six brave women.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Truth prevails!

I was never going I riot.

Glad I am part of the peaceful group in this story

Speaks volumes about the quality of both supporters that only one group is expected to start rioting


I don't think it ever should have gone to trial. There is only one reason it did and I don't think I will offer it up. Maybe two reasons and one is that the prosecutor wanted to make a name for himself, the other won't say.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Police were preparing for violence and rioting ONLY if he was acquitted.

Voice of Reason
Layton, UT

The prosecutors are cowards, pure and simple. They knew there was never enough evidence to convict, much less arrest him in the first place. Apparently, fear of rioting, being called "racist" by mindless lemmings, or blind hatred of gun-assisted self defense overcame their consciences. Instead, they relied on the courage of six women on a jury to tell the truth. Pathetic.

Salt Lake City, UT

Time for the Martin family to follow the OJ model, and take Zimmerman to civil court where its much easier to find guilt and set the financial punishment.

Saratoga Springs, UT

hope obama publicly admits that our judicial system has worked and that the decision of the jurors should be respected even if not agreed with.

Columbus, OH

Chris B,

I'm glad you're characterizing a large group of people by something they haven't even done at this point. And you're mad others are making assumptions about Zimmerman?

As a side note, historically, it is not those in positions of power and privilege that riot. Riots, of which our nation has had many, usually break out because the underprivileged find that they are not being represented (Boston Tea Party, anyone?). To say you are in a group that was never going to riot, only says that you are in a position of privilege...that you feel justly treated by the institutions of authority.

Voice of Reason
Layton, UT

Ah, OHBU...are you seriously saying that those who riot are always justified because they are "not in positions of power"?

Yes, many decades ago and earlier, there have historically been riots in response to real injustice. But I have news for you: in modern history, the vast majority of riots have more recently been completely unjustified and criminal acts.

Durham, NC

This has what to do with Obama? Good grief..... is Obama also responsible for your morning commute, or how sunday school class went.

I do think that the jury came up with the only verdict that they could. The prosecution was horrible. I am not sure if it was that they were in over their heads, or if the facts just were not there. But either way, as I watched bits and pieces of this, I was always stunned by just how bad their case was.

@Chirs.... can you name me one time when there war a riot for a conviction? ever? You think there was a reasonable chance that there was even a possibility a riot was expected - how? By whom? You comments are so..... hard to understand. Can you name me a time when a black person has been convicted - and there was a riot? Why in the world would you expect anyone to riot over a conviction?

If your comments are about stupid people saying stupid things..... we have plenty of examples of people of all races making stupid comments.... thats an argument that goes no where.

Iowa City, IA

We have a racial problem in this land and it's not "white" only anymore and it wasn't commited by Trayvon's family either. Racial attitudes and problems are now centered in our politics and indivudual who have ulterior motives and agendas. I hope "main" america unites against those in power and put them in their place. This type of chaos will happen again.

We ALL need to unite against tyranny and government abuse and politics.

Columbus, OH

Voice of Reason,

I never said riots are always justified. I only said that they stem from a feeling of being unjustly treated by those in authority. My point is that to say nobody would even suspect the group to which you belong of rioting, historically means that you belong to a privileged class (my broader point being to show call out those who are condemning large swaths of people for offenses they haven't even committed). If another group, however, is suspected of rioting, it is because there is a building sense of discontent within that group, and the perceived injustice is at or near a breaking point. Again, that doesn't mean the riot is actually justified, but that the group feels unjustly treated.

Bountiful, UT

This is the right verdict. A state has no business interfering in a persons right to defend themself for political or any other reasons.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

happymomto9: don't hold your breath
nc: obama inserted himself in the case when it happened. you might read and inform yourself before you post things that you have no clue about. in typical obama style he gives his opinion on local issues that he has NO jurisdiction or business getting involved with.

Salt Lake City, UT

" A state has no business interfering in a persons right to defend themself "
Trevon Martin was the one being followed by a threatening stranger.
When did he lose the right to self defense?

The Judge
Kaysville, UT


Martin's family will have a hard time winning any civil case against Zimmerman. Florida law states:

"A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer."

The guy with the good civil case is Zimmerman. Florida prosecutors violated his civil rights like Sherman violated Georgia.

Saratoga Springs, UT

obama took sides when he said, "if i had a son, he would look like trayvon martin."
obama publicly pushed for zimmerman to be prosecuted (the doj was involved as well)


An ice tea and a bag of skittles obviously means you are a criminal and deserve to be followed and gunned down.

Salt Lake City, UT

I certainly support the 2nd Amendment, but add my opinion that if you lawfully carry a gun, and use it, even in self defense or in the defense of others, you will definitely be subjected to the worst legal hassle of your life. Furthermore, although not legally guilty of murder, Zimmerman, in my opinion, was the PROXIMATE CAUSE of Martin's death. He had a clear alternative course: Call the police and leave enforcement to the professionals. His failure to do so was reckless, unwarranted and precipitated the tragic outcome that ensued. I caution those of you with concealed gun permits to reflect--in detail--about the consequences of actually using your weapon. I would love to know Zimmerman's answer to the following question: "If you could relive that evening, would your actions be different?"

Springville, Ut

Re: Chris B

"Glad I am part of the peaceful group in this story"

Well, one side supports a man who admittedly killed a child. The other side supports a child who fought an adult.

I don't know how either side can claim to be "peaceful," especially the side you claim to support.

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